Cordova reports 5 new virus cases among unvaccinated residents

Transmission electron micrograph of novel coronavirus particles isolated from a patient sample and cultivated in cell culture. (June 10, 2021) Image courtesy of NIAID

After more than one month with no new cases of the novel coronavirus, Cordova reported five new virus cases on Saturday, July 3. All five cases are Cordova residents who are unvaccinated, according to data published by the city. The cases are believed to be the result of community spread.

Variant testing of the cases is underway, according to an announcement by the city. Different genetic variants of the novel coronavirus have emerged and circulated around the world since the beginning of the pandemic. The Delta variant, which was first identified in India in December 2020, has provoked particular concern because it is about 75% more contagious than the original strain of the virus, according to research published by the Yale School of Medicine. However, researchers found that vaccines developed to fight the original strain of the novel coronavirus also confer resistance to the Delta strain.

Of the 135 cases reported in Cordova, only the five most recent are believed to be currently active, according to data published by the city. Of those 135 cases, 114 were Cordova residents and 21 were non-residents. A total of four people who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized, according to data published by Ilanka Community Health Center. As of July 3, 1,412 people have been fully vaccinated in Cordova. Vaccinations are available at ICHC and Cordova Community Medical Center.